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aware

[uh-wair] /əˈwɛər/
adjective
1.
having knowledge; conscious; cognizant:
aware of danger.
2.
informed; alert; knowledgeable; sophisticated:
She is one of the most politically aware young women around.
Origin
1100
before 1100; Middle English, variant of iwar, Old English gewær watchful (cognate with Old High German, Old Saxon giwar, German gewahr), equivalent to ge- y- + wær ware2
Related forms
awareness, noun
hyperaware, adjective
self-aware, adjective
well-aware, adjective
Synonyms
1. mindful. See conscious.
Antonyms
1. oblivious.
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Examples for aware
  • We were aware that this would have no effect on toxins or heavy metals.
  • Be aware that only cutting-grown stock is truly uniform.
  • City officials, it turned out, hadn't been aware that trails had been built on public property.
  • Be aware, however, that many of the shrub junipers can eventually grow to the size of small trees.
  • Be aware that all hose-end sprinklers have some uneven distribution, providing more water to some areas than to others.
  • Be aware, though, that merchandise will not be shipped until after the holidays.
  • Coward said he was not aware of any carriers selling the data it collects on their behalf to third-party marketers.
  • We appear to be able to read words at a glance without being aware of each letter.
  • Staring down a puma can let the animal know you're aware it's looking, though distance can reduce its effectiveness.
  • Each powerful sprinter, poised to explode when the gun went off, was keenly aware of what hung in the balance.
British Dictionary definitions for aware

aware

/əˈwɛə/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) foll by of. having knowledge; cognizant aware of his error
2.
informed of current developments politically aware
Derived Forms
awareness, noun
Word Origin
Old English gewær; related to Old Saxon, Old High German giwar Latin verērī to be fearful; see beware, wary
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Word Origin and History for aware
aware
late O.E., gewær, from ge- intens. prefix + wær "wary, cautious," from P.Gmc. *ga-waraz (see wary). Related: Awareness.
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